I am going to share something that may make me “less” of an unschooler. It may not be the popular unschooling ideal, but this is what my family does and it works in our situation.
Yes, we unschool. Yes, we have a schedule.
Here’s the deal. I have to work. I am single. I have mouths to feed. Even with support payments, there is still a need for me to work. So I work and we have a schedule. The schedule is not meant to be rigid or to force educate. The schedule helps my children know who to see in case they want or need help with academic learning, a life skill, or any other concern. My children may need to speak with a sibling and work as a team or check with our fantastic sitter if I happen to be “on the clock”. We practice what to do and how to do it if I am busy with work. I make sure the children know when I am available and how to let me know if there is an emergency which cannot wait.
Another issue is that each family member has classes, projects, and events. The children individually choose these activities, but the entire family often has to go out because I am the one responsible for transportation. By using a schedule, we each have an opportunity to plan around the times when we will be out. Also, if there are scheduling conflicts, there is a chance to correct the issue in advance.
I would prefer no schedule. I would prefer to have a chauffeur for each child. But in reality, this will never happen. (Okay, there is always a tiny chance I could win the lotto, but I’m not holding my breath.)
Yes, we unschool. Yes, we have a schedule and we are happy with that fact.